After an exciting fall term at Hillcrest Jewish Center, Ohr Chadash packed its books and supplies and moved east along Union Turnpike to Hollis Hills Bayside Jewish Center. Many things have changed at HHBJC since the school was there over a year ago. The name may be a little different, but the warm welcome the school received, was the same as in the past. Once we settled in it was time to start learning once again.
February is a very short month, but on Sunday, February 12, we held our annual school wide Tu B’Shevat Seder. Gan-Katan and Shorashim enjoyed singing songs, an art project and a festive meal in their classroom. The older children met in the HHBJC ballroom and ate a festive Seder meal. Israeli biscuits, orange slices and grapes, representing two of the seven special foods of Israel, were served. Four cups of grape juice were drunk throughout the meal. The grape juice in four different colors, going from white to dark red, represented the changing seasons. We read a special Haggadah for Tu B’Shevat containing stories from numerous sources and discussed the importance of trees in the past, present and future.
Following the Presidents’ Week break the children returned to Ohr Chadash ready to learn about Purim and Pesach and prepare for their special end of year presentations.
Ruth Merrill /Education Director